History Rhymes at the San Francisco Chronicle

posted at 8:00 am on April 29, 2011 by Ed Driscoll

As Hot Air alumnist Bryan Preston writes at Pajamas Media’s Tatler blog, they told me if I voted for John McCain, “we would soon see the government quash new media reporting to control the message…and they were right!”

Bryan links to a post from the blog of Phil Bronstein, the San Francisco Chronicle’s editor at large, who seems genuinely shocked to discover that the “Obama Administration punishes reporter for using multimedia:”

White House officials have banished one of the best political reporters in the country from the approved pool of journalists covering presidential visits to the Bay Area for using now-standard multimedia tools to gather the news.

The Chronicle’s Carla Marinucci – who, like many contemporary reporters, has a phone with video capabilities on her at all times – pulled out a small video camera last week and shot some protesters interrupting an Obama fundraiser at the St. Regis Hotel. …

Other sources confirmed that Carla was vanquished, including Chronicle editor Ward Bushee, who said he was “informed that Carla was removed as a pool reporter.” Which shouldn’t be a secret in any case because it’s a fact that affects the newsgathering of our largest regional paper (and sfgate)and how local citizens get their information.

What’s worse: more than a few journalists familiar with this story are aware of some implied threats from the White House of additional and wider punishment if Carla’s spanking became public. Really? That’s a heavy hand usually reserved for places other than the land of the free.

You don’t say.

In a way, this is a case of history rhyming at the Chronicle. In 2007 through early 2008, Obama was in the midst of staking out his turf as being further to the left of Hillary Clinton. (After the primaries, he would later feint somewhat to the right by the fall of 2008, until his fateful meeting with a certain man in the plumbing trade.) As a result, at the start of 2008, the hard-core anti-war, LGBT, environmental activists swooned over Obama. You know the “professional left,” as Robert Gibbs cynically dubbed them last year, in perhaps the only memorable soundbite in his career? That was them. This was also the period in which young Ezra Klein, in-between setting up the JournoList and then being hired by the Washington Post (what could go wrong?) memorably said:

Obama’s finest speeches do not excite. They do not inform. They don’t even really inspire. They elevate. They enmesh you in a grander moment, as if history has stopped flowing passively by, and, just for an instant, contracted around you, made you aware of its presence, and your role in it. He is not the Word made flesh, but the triumph of word over flesh, over color, over despair. The other great leaders I’ve heard guide us towards a better politics, but Obama is, at his best, able to call us back to our highest selves, to the place where America exists as a glittering ideal, and where we, its honored inhabitants, seem capable of achieving it, and thus of sharing in its meaning and transcendence.

The leader of candidate Obama’s self-described “non-official campaign” in the media was heating up his base’s collective temperature during the cold winter of 2008. But that was also the period that Obama felt free to tell the San Fransisco Chronicle that he’d cheerfully bankrupt coal companies, and not-coincidentally, “energy costs would necessarily skyrocket:”

Yeah, that’s what the majority of Americans who aren’t ideologically on the far left and particularly those who in more climatically volatile regions than the San Francisco Bay Area and who live from paycheck to paycheck, want to hear from a presidential candidate.

As I’ve written before, a savvier newspaper — one that wanted to sell some papers, as opposed to being either (a) asleep at the wheel, (b) wanting to promote a favored candidate above all else or (c) both, would have had someone say immediately at the conclusion of the interview, “Well, thank you for your time, Senator,” shaken his hand and walked him to the front door.

They would have then immediately put the president’s quote on the front page in type so big it would make the New York Post blush, and then send out links to Matt Drudge, and every wire service about the awesome quote they just tripped over.

Instead, the paper put the video of the whole hour-long interview online, where it sat until the late October of 2008, when the then-nascent multimedia blogger known as “Naked Emperor News” (later affiliated, I believe, with first Breitbart.tv, and then Glenn Beck’s The Blaze Website) stumbled over it and sent a link to Matt Drudge.

It was an October surprise hiding in plain sight, that could have easily have been the Chronicle’s story 10 months earlier. As the Chronicle’s Bronstein later said of Obama, in mid-2009, when the first hints of the bloom were just gradually coming off the rose:

This guy is good. Really good. And, frankly, so far, we’re not.

You can’t blame powerful people for wanting to play the press to peddle self-perpetuating mythology. But you can blame the press, already suffocating under a massive pile of blame, guilt, heavy debt and sinking fortunes, for being played. Some of the time, it seems we’re even enthusiastically jumping into the pond without even being pushed. Is there an actual limit to the number of instances you can be the cover of Newsweek?

If I wanted to see highly manicured image management I’d just take some No-Doz and read Gavin Newsom’s tweets. But the Obama-press dance is a more consensual seduction where, in the old-fashioned sense, we’re the girl. (In California, there’s no other option.)

And in 2008, the Chronicle, as with most old media shops, didn’t exactly play hard to get. The love affair, now seen as a the courtship to a permanent, albeit rather abusive relationship, was so obvious, even the McCain camp could see it back then:

Did any of that play a role in yesterday’s story? Maybe not. But the distance between the two events, and all that’s come between them is enormous. (Including the administration’s heavy-handed tactics with Fox, Forbes, and other news organizations and even individual columnists, not to mention at least once calling into an MSNBC show on the air to “request” a correction.)  And you know, it kind of places this viral early-2007 video produced by one of candidate Obama’s staffers into fresh perspective as well:

A few months after Obama spoke to the Chronicle, in April of 2008, San Francisco was also the place where a Huffington Post journalist with a digital audio recorder would capture Obama’s infamous Bitter Clingers line. In terms of revealing the president’s harshly punitive worldview it was the very definition of a Kinsleyesque gaffe.

As I asked last month, at this point, where else can Obama’s base go? And earlier this month, a group of hardcore Obama fundraisers sang to Obama in, appropriately enough, San Francisco:

We’ll vote for you in 2012, yes that’s true
Look at the Republicans – what else can we do
Even though we don’t know if we’ll retain our liberties
In what you seem content to call a free society

Of course, they also ponyed up $5,000 a person that night. Similarly, it’s remarkably safe bet that the Chronicle will still — somehow — reluctantly find it in their heart to endorse President Obama reelection bid next year, no matter how heavy handed they treat the Chronicle’s reporters.

Where else are they going to go?

(Cross-posted at Ed Driscoll.com.)


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Low-life goon in charge.

Western_Civ on April 29, 2011 at 8:02 AM

Is that same interview where he mocked us “bitter clingers”?

Ya know, I really loathe that man.

SouthernGent on April 29, 2011 at 8:09 AM

As Hot Air alumnist Bryan Preston writes at Pajamas Media’s Tatler blog, they told me if I voted for John McCain, “we would soon see the government quash new media reporting to control the message…and they were right!”
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Yup,read this earlier!

From Ed Link above:

The hip, transparent and social media-loving Obama administration is showing its analog roots. And maybe even some hypocrisy highlights.

White House officials have banished one of the best political reporters in the country from the approved pool of journalists covering presidential visits to the Bay Area for using now-standard multimedia tools to gather the news.

The Chronicle’s Carla Marinucci – who, like many contemporary reporters, has a phone with video capabilities on her at all times – pulled out a small video camera last week and shot some protesters interrupting an Obama fundraiser at the St. Regis Hotel.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/bronstein/detail?entry_id=87978#ixzz1KugB07VI
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The Hopey/Changey Journalist Bannishment Crusade,
and UpComing 2012 Election,Don`t Need No Stink`n
Bad Press Tour!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on April 29, 2011 at 8:09 AM

So,I ponder,

was the GaffeBiden Fund Raising Locked in the Closet
Hostage/KidNapping Event,

just a fluke,or part of the New Progressive We Only Want
Good Press/Suppression of the Truth Operation!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on April 29, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Heres a hoot-Truth To Power
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2011 Free Press/DSCO Annual Awards Dinner, April 30
2011 Free Press/DSCO Annual Awards Dinner
Saturday, April 30, 2011
5:00-8:30pm
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2011 Free Press “Libby” Award for Community Activism: Robb Ebright, WCRS Community Radio

2011 Free Press Award for Arts Activism: Tom Harker, Ukulele Man

2011 Bill Moss Award for an Outstanding Achievement by an African American Activist: James Whitaker and Kennedy Kent, Justice for Kids

2011 Native American Indian Center Selma Walker Award for Lifetime Achievement in Human Rights Activism: Holly Herschede

2011 Democratic Socialists of Central Ohio Eugene V. Debs Award for Labor Activism: Samantha Trublood

2011 Democratic Socialists of Central Ohio Norman Thomas/Michael Harrington Award
for Peace and Social Justice Activism: Reverend Joel L. King, Jr.
———-

http://fraudbusterbob.com/blog/2011/04/18/2011-free-pressdsco-annual-awards-dinner-april-30/

canopfor on April 29, 2011 at 8:20 AM

As Hot Air alumnist Bryan Preston writes at Pajamas Media’s Tatler blog, they told me if I voted for John McCain, “we would soon see the government quash new media reporting to control the message…and they were right!”

That’s so old. See voting for Goldwater and escalating in Vietnam.

HalJordan on April 29, 2011 at 8:23 AM

Emperor Palpatine says to the liitle rebellion known as the TEA PARTY…..

……get used to it !!!!

PappyD61 on April 29, 2011 at 8:29 AM

Of course, they also ponyed up $5,000 a person that night. Similarly, it’s remarkably safe bet that the Chronicle will still — somehow — reluctantly find it in their heart to endorse President Obama reelection bid next year, no matter how heavy handed they treat the Chronicle’s reporters.
Where else are they going to go?

Ed, how about them going to that place, the one that is presently relegated to the far far distant past, where, at one time, journalism, true honest respectful journalism, actually stood for something, instead of being in the place it is right now where it is a shadow of its former self, one that will fall for anything?

If anything, the Chronicle just proved that there is indeed one thing the Socialistic Obama Administration fears, hates and reviles more than anything else, and that is honest journalism that actually reports the facts as they stand.

What other reason would Obama have for shutting out a well-known and somewhat respected news service?

pilamaye on April 29, 2011 at 8:31 AM

America will not survive 8 years of Professor O’Barry.

NickDeringer on April 29, 2011 at 8:31 AM

canopfor on April 29, 2011 at 8:20 AM

Looks as though the Mrs. made you stay up with through the Royal Wedding.

darwin-t on April 29, 2011 at 8:33 AM

The big media is shocked to find out a candidate coming out of Chicago Democratic Party politics plays Chicago-styled hardball against people they think have gone off the script. But the thing is, with very few exceptions, they’re right — play hardball with the big media, and they may grumble for a day or two but in the end, they’ll meekly capitulate, for the same reason the left may grumble about what Obama is doing but will fall in line next year.

The left can’t imagine allowing the Republicans to win in 2012, and most of the media holds the same sentiment; no matter who the GOP were to nominate, Team Obama can treat their reporters like dirt and they’ll still slant their coverage in Barack’s direction, because the idea of going back to GOP control of the White House (let alone the White House and Congress) is just too horrific to contemplate.

jon1979 on April 29, 2011 at 8:34 AM

I don’t go to bed with no wh0re, I don’t wake up with no wh0re.

Apparently the San Francisco Chronicle can’t say the same.

JohnGalt23 on April 29, 2011 at 8:36 AM

“You all love me, you all voted for me…..”
/BHO

ted c on April 29, 2011 at 8:37 AM

They’re still not afraid of the wolf in sheep’s clothing and don’t realize that they’re circling the drain like the rest of us.

Kissmygrits on April 29, 2011 at 8:37 AM

Obama: My Plan Makes Electricity Rates Skyrock

To which the response that shall ring true across the land is:

Drill, baby drill!

And becomes the slayer of Obama’s presidency. Count on it.

Sharr on April 29, 2011 at 8:38 AM

The press has acted as the palace guards for Obama. The White House is merely keeping the help….inline, if you will.

If the press is perturbed with this, then why don’t they ask their buddies at the LA TIME where the Rashid Khalidi tapes are?

ted c on April 29, 2011 at 8:39 AM

2012 will be the Democrats Dirtiest Election
in History!
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The New Obama Narrative
Jan 28 2011
*************************

For the first two years of his administration, President Obama had no overriding narrative, no frame to define his policy making, no way to make sense of what he was trying to do. As of his 2011 State of the Union Address, he has one: Competitiveness.

The competitiveness narrative is intended to serve a number of purposes at once:

1. Split the Republican business community off from the hard right, especially the Tea Party. Most business leaders want real economics, not ideological economics. And it is hard to pin the “socialist” label on a business-oriented president. He may succeed.

2. Attract biconceptuals – those who are conservative on some issues and progressive on other issues. They are sometimes mistakenly called “moderates” or “independents,” though there is no one ideology of the moderate or the independent. They make up 15 to 20 percent of the electorate, and many are conservative on economic issues and progressive on social issues. He attracted them in 2008, but not in 2010. He needs less than half to win in 2012. He may well succeed.

Maybe.

The hard right won’t buy it – when Democrats say investment, they hear spending. Of course, they are not really interested in cutting deficits per se. It is for them a means to an end, and the end is making the nation and the world fully conservative, eliminating social responsibility in favor of personal responsibility alone; eliminating empathy; increasing militarism; establishing an unregulated, purely laissez-faire free market; and maintaining a dominance hierarchy of Western over non-Western culture, Christian over non-Christian, white over nonwhite, straight over gay, male over female. The hard right talks jobs, spending and the deficit, but their economics is based on the culture war. That’s why the culture war is back. Legislation to end any support for abortion, defund NEA, NEH and NPR, end public education.

Will the sensible Republican business community split off from such ideologically based economics and government and support a pragmatic Democratic president on a national commitment to competitiveness?

For progressives who are listening seriously, there is, of course, a dark side. The competitiveness frame excludes half of what progressives care about. Abortion rights, under attack nationally by conservatives, don’t help competitiveness, nor does gay marriage, worker rights, clean air and water, saving species and preserving natural environments, public financing of elections, helping the homeless, ending the war in Afghanistan, arts and humanities education, helping immigrants who are not well-educated, and on and on. Can these be made to fit the competitiveness frame?
(More…)

http://georgelakoff.com/2011/01/28/the-new-obama-narrative/

canopfor on April 29, 2011 at 8:43 AM

The press has acted as the palace guards for Obama. The White House is merely keeping the help….inline, if you will.

ted c on April 29, 2011 at 8:39 AM

ted c:Exactly,they take,embedded journalist to new heights
in definition of!!:)

canopfor on April 29, 2011 at 8:46 AM

Great article Mr. Driscoll. So, a reporter forgot the WH rules and actually did her job and was punished. One can only wonder what else the press hasn’t reported…

We’ll vote for you in 2012, yes that’s true
Look at the Republicans – what else can we do
Even though we don’t know if we’ll retain our liberties
In what you seem content to call a free society

I think they’d sing this song walking into gas chambers. What blind fools.

conservative pilgrim on April 29, 2011 at 8:49 AM

At some point you’d think that most of the press would get what is changing in America… Specifically… in THEIR personal American lives. But then again… Love is blind, and an abused spouse sometimes hold on to hope too long.
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Then there is the masochism that many lefties obviously enjoy… They enjoy the pain of oppressive government… so long as it comes from the dictator of their own choosing.
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RalphyBoy on April 29, 2011 at 8:49 AM

A Perspective of the 2012 American Presidential Election
*********************************************************

The upcoming presidential election will be determined by President Obama’s ability to lay out a positive agenda for the future, and the ability of the Republican nominee to offer America a rousing alternative to the status quo. The campaigns will be driven predominantly by domestic issues foremost in the minds of American voters, particularly the economy and jobs, and government spending and debt. President Obama will look for any morsel of positive data to prove to the American people the economy is growing. His ability to communicate his economic agenda will face its greatest test in 2012.

http://www.kas.de/usa/en/publications/21855/
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(PDF)

http://www.kas.de/wf/doc/kas_21855-1522-2-30.pdf?110208134252

canopfor on April 29, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Is it hyperbole to say that Obama has an enemies list? Maintain the Potemkin Village Presidency by any means necessary!

Buy Danish on April 29, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Then there is the masochism that many lefties obviously enjoy… They enjoy the pain of oppressive government… so long as it comes from the dictator of their own choosing.
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RalphyBoy on April 29, 2011 at 8:49 AM

RalphyBoy:Heres what this election is up against,

Progressive/Socialists have assimulated
the Liberal Democrats,check at these nutjobs,
one site,of hundreds!!
====================================

Upper Arlington Progressive ActionLikePolitical Organization · Upper Arlington, Ohio

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Upper-Arlington-Progressive-Action/188660294501133

canopfor on April 29, 2011 at 8:58 AM

Is it hyperbole to say that Obama has an enemies list? Maintain the Potemkin Village Presidency by any means necessary!

Buy Danish on April 29, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Buy Danish:*In HilRods voice*…so it does take a village,
herr comrad!!:)

canopfor on April 29, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Whoda thunk? Journalists blindly believing every word Obama says as if in a zombie like trance. And if one happens to stir from their hypnotized state…they are immediately thrown under the bus. Of course the “herd” will mill restlessly for a few minutes in alarm at seeing one of their own sent to slaughter, then quickly return to chewing their cud and patiently awaiting their turn to step into the slaughterhouse chute.

BadMojo on April 29, 2011 at 9:03 AM

WTF is “alumnist”? I think the word you’re looking for is “alumnus”.

The Monster on April 29, 2011 at 9:07 AM

georgelakoff.com

canopfor on April 29, 2011 at 8:43 AM

Rhymes with..

Lanceman on April 29, 2011 at 9:07 AM

pulled out a small video camera last week and shot some protesters

I HAVE to get me a vidcam like that.

Bishop on April 29, 2011 at 9:15 AM

embedded journalist canopfor on April 29, 2011 at 8:46 AM

I’m soooo stealing this canopfor!

(save this post, to remind me who first brought it to my attention)

Rovin on April 29, 2011 at 9:25 AM

Of course, they also ponyed up $5,000 a person that night. Similarly, it’s remarkably safe bet that the Chronicle will still — somehow — reluctantly find it in their heart to endorse President Obama reelection bid next year, no matter how heavy handed they treat the Chronicle’s reporters.
Where else are they going to go?

Well….they could sit the next one out?

Naaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh

olesparkie on April 29, 2011 at 9:39 AM

Alumnist?

Really?

Akzed on April 29, 2011 at 9:42 AM

This may be a bit of hyperbole, but reading this I could not help but think of Martin Niemoller.

What will the last liberal reporter say, when the White House press office finally kicks him/her out?

rockmom on April 29, 2011 at 9:46 AM

embedded journalist canopfor on April 29, 2011 at 8:46 AM
I’m soooo stealing this canopfor!

(save this post, to remind me who first brought it to my attention)

Rovin on April 29, 2011 at 9:25 AM

Rovin:No problem,let er rip,haha!:)

canopfor on April 29, 2011 at 9:53 AM

georgelakoff.com

canopfor on April 29, 2011 at 8:43 AM

Rhymes with..

Lanceman on April 29, 2011 at 9:07 AM

Lanceman:Lol,interesting to note,the Germans interest in
the American election!

canopfor on April 29, 2011 at 9:55 AM

Huh? They’re SURPRISED that Team Obama would deal out retribution for failure to tow the party line?

And these are the ‘elite intellectuals’ who want to tell everyone else what to do?

GarandFan on April 29, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Poor Bronstein…first he foolishly marries Sharon Stone, then stupidly wanders into a zoo cage and gets his big toe eaten by a Komodo Dragon, and now this?

Del Dolemonte on April 29, 2011 at 10:05 AM

RalphyBoy:Heres what this election is up against,

Progressive/Socialists have assimulated
the Liberal Democrats,check at these nutjobs,
one site,of hundreds!!
====================================

Upper Arlington Progressive ActionLikePolitical Organization · Upper Arlington, Ohio

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Upper-Arlington-Progressive-Action/188660294501133

canopfor on April 29, 2011 at 8:58 AM

Upper Arlington Progressive Action
Johnetta Cole will be at Ohio State’s National Conference on Diversity, Race & Learning Tuesday, May 3. Cole, former president of Spellman and Bennett colleges, directs Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art
Registration required.

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That quote from their site is the top status add… The storyline that NPR put out the other day set the marching orders out in terms that any moron can understand… Whoopie also so broke it down for the masses… Play the race card”.
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That will incite violent resistance to anti-Obama discussions of any kind… Especially in the larger public arena. Remember that there were veiled threats of violence made by a Philly reporter during the race in 2008… She said that if Obama didn’t win there would be riots and such. Then when people wrote in and called her on her statements she made them out to be the ones calling for violence… because they said they would defend themselves…
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Whoopie and the gang are making it clear that his is their TRUMP card.
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RalphyBoy on April 29, 2011 at 10:06 AM

Whoopie and the gang are making it clear that this is their TRUMP card.

RalphyBoy on April 29, 2011 at 10:10 AM

Huh? They’re SURPRISED that Team Obama would deal out retribution for failure to tow the party line?

And these are the ‘elite intellectuals’ who want to tell everyone else what to do?

GarandFan on April 29, 2011 at 10:00 AM

The left is bitterly clinging to what’s left of “Hope” and “Change”.

Roy Rogers on April 29, 2011 at 10:15 AM

LSM- Lame Stream Masochists.

profitsbeard on April 29, 2011 at 10:15 AM

They deserve the heavy hand they recieve. No one forced them to pander, and kiss Obama’s arse. They helped as much as any other liberal media, to create the monster they have. Now they can’t control it, and it’s all on them.

capejasmine on April 29, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Whoopie and the gang are making it clear that his is their TRUMP card.
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RalphyBoy on April 29, 2011 at 10:06 AM

RalphyBoy:I think your right,the Race Card is all they have
Left,after all they elected Obama on ending the
wars and gitmo,as examples,and he betrayed his
base!!

canopfor on April 29, 2011 at 10:36 AM

We’ll vote for you in 2012, yes that’s true
Look at the Republicans – what else can we do
Even though we don’t know if we’ll retain our liberties
In what you seem content to call a free society

I think they’d sing this song walking into gas chambers. What blind fools.

conservative pilgrim on April 29, 2011 at 8:49 AM

Frighteningly true.
Dear Lord in heaven, deliver us from these all too willing useful idiots and their cruel, cold-blooded leader.

theotherone on April 29, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Other sources confirmed that Carla was vanquished …

Shouldn’t that be ‘banished’?

Get that reporter a Thesaurus, STAT!

Socratease on April 29, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Where else are they going to go?

That’s the problem with partisan demonization, practiced by both sides but primarily by the Democrats. You burn your bridges and leave yourself with no alternative, no leverage against your own party members when they act against your own interests.

Socratease on April 29, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Tin Pot Dictator…

well, he’s trying his best to turn the US into a tin pot economy

phreshone on April 29, 2011 at 12:24 PM